Should I live on campus or just commute?

<p>I will be attending community college in the fall. I want to transfer to a college in the spring. The college is 38 minutes away, and that's probably without traffic, etc. With traffic it'll probably be around 45 minutes. The thing is, it's expensive. It's $40,000. But I will have a job, I hope to get a scholarship, and I want to do a work study.
Should I live on campus or just commute? </p>

<p>I want to get an apartment my sophomore year, so I will only be paying $40,000 for one semester.</p>

<p>Only $40,000 for ONE semester?! I'd be saving as much money as you can!! Plus even if you live in an apartment you're still going to have a ton of costs to pay for. Maybe rent will be a little lower or just as much, but you're still going to have bills to pay. </p>

<p>You should commute unless you can find scholarships to cover your costs. Or you have a super freaking awesome high paying job. Taking in all of that debt is no joke.</p>

<p>^He's only going to have to pay 40K for one semester... Still a lot (more than anywhere else I've ever heard... what college is charging that much?), but it's just that first semester...</p>

<p>Weigh the value of your time and gas against the apartment. That's all that can be said.</p>

<p>no community college costs 40K a semester, even including all expenses...no ivy league school costs that much, for that matter, I know this for a fact (the most college costs per semester is 30K...and that is at the most expensive universities in the world)...troll? Or the OP is just confused...$4,000/semester is more like it, not 40,000...</p>

<p>What I'm saying is that even if he has to pay "only" $40,000 for a semester that's still a lot. I don't even want to pay that much for all four years of school...I don't see how paying that much for a single semester and then adding on the cost of the other semesters could ever be a good idea unless you're going to have scholarships that cover it all.</p>

<p>didn't he mean $40,000 for a year?</p>

<p>Anyone who uses the word "only" combined with $40,000 for a semester would not be attending a community college. This has to be bogus.</p>

<p>I'm pretty sure it was an accident and OP meant "year".</p>

<p>That said no-one can make these kind of decisions for you. Life off campus is different than life on campus, no matter if you live 20 minutes or 45 minutes. But only you know what the financial burden of living on campus would be to you/your family. Would you have to take out more loans? How much more? Would you have to work more? How much more? Etc.</p>

<p>^^ very well said. At the end of the day, the decision of living on/off campus really comes down to your own financial ability. Nobody else in this forum can tell you what's better for you.</p>

<p>Uh I'm pretty sure he meant the college he wants to transfer to is $40,000.</p>

<p>Anyway yeah he must have meant $40K a year. The most expensive school IIRC is George Washington, which is $50K a year.</p>